Alton Brown, the host of the Food Network’s Iron Chef America, tweeted antisemitic messages Tuesday to his millions of followers and has since apologized and deleted the tweets.
“I apologize for the flippant reference I made to the Holocaust in my tweet last night. It was not a reference I made for humorous effect but rather to reflect how deeply frightened I am for our country. It was a very poor use of judgement and in poor taste,” Brown wrote in his apology.
The tweets were screenshotted and shared by watchdog group StopAntisemitism.org.
In his first tweet, Brown wrote, “Do you think the camp uniforms will be striped, like the ones at Auschwitz or will plaid be in vogue?”
Brown later doubled down on his first message while responding to a comment tweet from a user who said “Depends on what you’re worth when you go in.” Brown, to that user, said, “I have no gold fillings.”
The Food Network didn’t respond to this reporter’s request for comment. The Discovery Network, which owns the channel, couldn’t be reached for comment.
“Alton Brown spat on the graves of 6 million murdered Jews while having a political tantrum on Twitter,” StopAntisemitism.org’s Executive Director Liora Rez said in a statement to TheDarkWire.com Wednesday, “When asked to apologize and remove his crass post, he had the audacity to double down on his bigotry, tweeting about ‘gold fillings’, a clear reference to the teeth that were removed from the mouths of gassed Jews.”
“We do not accept Brown’s apology; Alton Brown is an adult man with millions of fans that view him as a role model. Last night he unveiled his closeted antisemitic rhetoric and we demand the Food Network cease their relationship with him immediately.”